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    Obama, McCain on the issues
    A look at where Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain stand on a selection of issues as the national party conventions affirm their presidential nominations and launch the fall campaign:
    ABORTION
    McCain: Opposes abortion rights. Has voted for abortion restrictions permissible under Roe v. Wade, and now says he would seek to overturn that guarantee of abortion rights while being open to a running mate who supports abortion rights. Would not seek constitutional amendment to ban abortion.
    Obama: Favors abortion rights.
    AFGHANISTAN
    McCain: Favors unspecified boost in U.S. forces.
    Obama: Would add about 7,000 troops to the U.S. force of 36,000, bringing the reinforcements from Iraq. Has threatened unilateral attack on high-value terrorist targets in Pakistan as they become exposed, "if Pakistan cannot or will not act" against them.
    CAMPAIGN FINANCE
    McCain: The co-author of McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, he plans to run his general campaign with public money and within its spending limits. He has urged Obama to do the same. He applied for federal matching funds for primaries but later turned them down so he could spend more than the limits. Federal Election Commission belatedly approved his decision to bypass the primary funds, but rejected McCain's claim that he needed no such approval. McCain accepts campaign contributions from lobbyists.
    Obama: The presidential campaign's fundraising champion has brought in $390 million. He plans to raise private money for his general election, despite his proposal last year to accept public financing and its spending limits if the Republican nominee does, too. Obama refuses to accept money from federal lobbyists and has instructed the Democratic National Committee to do the same for its joint victory fund, an account that would benefit the nominee. Obama does accept money from state lobbyists and from family members of federal lobbyists.
    CUBA
    McCain: Ease restrictions on Cuba once U.S. is "confident that the transition to a free and open democracy is being made."
    Obama: Ease restrictions on family-related travel and on money Cuban-Americans want to send to their families in Cuba. Open to meeting new Cuban leader Raul Castro without preconditions. Ease trade embargo if Havana "begins opening Cuba to meaningful democratic change."
    DEATH PENALTY
    McCain: Has supported expansion of the federal death penalty and limits on appeals.
    Obama: Supports death penalty for crimes for which the "community is justified in expressing the full measure of its outrage." As Illinois lawmaker, wrote bill mandating videotaping of interrogations and confessions in capital cases and sought other changes in system that had produced wrongful convictions.
    EDUCATION

    McCain: Favors parental choice of schools, including vouchers for private schools when approved by local officials, and right of parents to choose home schooling. More money for community college education.
    Obama: Encourage but not require universal pre-kindergarten programs, expand teacher-mentoring programs and reward teachers with higher pay not tied to standardized test scores, in $18 billion plan to be paid for in part by delaying elements of moon and Mars missions. Change No Child Left Behind law "so that we're not just teaching to a test and crowding out programs like art and music." Tax credit to pay up to $4,000 of college expenses for students who perform 100 hours of community service a year.
    ENERGY
    McCain: Favors increased offshore drilling and federal money to help build 45 nuclear power reactors by 2030. Opposes drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Proposed suspending the 18-cent a gallon federal gasoline tax but idea got no traction. Global warming plan would increase energy costs.
    Obama: Now would consider limited increase in offshore drilling. Opposes drilling in Arctic reserve. Proposes windfall-profits tax on largest oil companies to pay for energy rebate of up to $1,000. Opposed suspension of the gas tax. Open to tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for short-term relief from high energy costs. Global warming plan would increase energy costs.
    GAY MARRIAGE
    McCain: Opposes constitutional amendment to ban it. Says same-sex couples should be allowed to enter into legal agreements for insurance and similar benefits, and states should decide about marriage.
    Obama: Opposes constitutional amendment to ban it. Supports civil unions, says states should decide about marriage.
    GLOBAL WARMING
    McCain: Broke with President Bush on global warming. Led Senate effort to cap greenhouse gas emissions; favors tougher fuel efficiency standards. Favors plan that would see greenhouse gas emissions cut by 60 percent by 2050.
    Obama: Ten-year, $150 billion program to produce "climate friendly" energy supplies that he'd pay for with a carbon auction requiring businesses to bid competitively for the right to pollute and aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Joined McCain in sponsoring earlier legislation that would set mandatory caps on greenhouse gas emissions. Supports tougher fuel-efficiency standards.
    GUN CONTROL
    McCain: Voted against ban on assault-type weapons but in favor of requiring background checks at gun shows. Voted to shield gun-makers and dealers from civil suits. "I believe the Second Amendment ought to be preserved which means no gun control."
    Obama: Voted to leave gun-makers and dealers open to suit. Also, as Illinois state lawmaker, supported ban on all forms of semiautomatic weapons and tighter state restrictions generally on firearms.
    HEALTH CARE
    McCain: $2,500 refundable tax credit for individuals, $5,000 for families, to make health insurance more affordable. No mandate for universal coverage. In gaining the tax credit, workers could not deduct the portion of their workplace health insurance paid by their employers.
    Obama: Mandatory coverage for children, no mandate for adults. Aim for universal coverage by requiring employers to share costs of insuring workers and by offering coverage similar to that in plan for federal employees. Says package would cost up to $65 billion a year after unspecified savings from making system more efficient. Raise taxes on wealthier families to pay the cost.
    HOUSING
    McCain: Open to helping homeowners facing foreclosure if they are "legitimate borrowers" and not speculators.
    Obama: Tax credit covering 10 percent of annual mortgage-interest payments for "struggling homeowners," scoring system for consumers to compare mortgages, a fund for mortgage-fraud victims, new penalties for mortgage fraud, aid to state and local governments stung by housing crisis, in $20 billion plan geared to "responsible homeowners."
    IMMIGRATION
    McCain: Sponsored 2006 bill that would have allowed illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S., work and apply to become legal residents after learning English, paying fines and back taxes and clearing a background check. Now says he would secure the border first. Supports border fence.
    Obama: Voted for 2006 bill offering legal status to illegal immigrants subject to conditions, including English proficiency and payment of back taxes and fines. Voted for border fence.
    IRAN
    McCain: Favors tougher sanctions, opposes direct high-level talks with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
    Obama: Initially said he would meet Ahmadinejad without preconditions, now says he's not sure "Ahmadinejad is the right person to meet with right now." But says direct diplomacy with Iranian leaders would give U.S. more credibility to press for tougher international sanctions. Says he would intensify diplomatic pressure on Tehran before Israel feels the need to take unilateral military action against Iranian nuclear facilities.
    IRAQ
    McCain: Opposes scheduling a troop withdrawal, saying latest strategy is succeeding. Supported decision to go to war, but was early critic of the manner in which administration prosecuted it. Was key backer of the troop increase. Willing to have permanent U.S. peacekeeping forces in Iraq.
    Obama: Spoke against war at start, opposed troop increase. Voted against one major military spending bill in May 2007; otherwise voted in favor of money to support the war. Says his plan would complete withdrawal of combat troops in 16 months. Initially had said a timetable for completing withdrawal would be irresponsible without knowing what facts he'd face in office.
    SOCIAL SECURITY
    McCain: "Nothing's off the table" when it comes to saving Social Security.
    Obama: Would raise payroll tax on wealthiest by applying it to portion of income over $250,000. Now, payroll tax is applied to income up to $102,000. Rules out raising the retirement age for benefits.
    STEM CELL RESEARCH
    McCain: Supports relaxing federal restrictions on financing of embryonic stem cell research.
    Obama: Supports relaxing federal restrictions on financing of embryonic stem cell research.
    TAXES
    McCain: Pledged not to raise taxes, then equivocated, saying nothing can be ruled out in negotiating compromises to keep Social Security solvent. Twice opposed Bush's tax cuts, at first because he said they were tilted to the wealthiest and again because of the unknown costs of Iraq war. Now says those tax cuts, expiring in 2010, should be permanent. Proposes cutting corporate tax rate to 25 percent. Promises balance budget in first term, says that is unlikely in his first year.
    Obama: Raise income taxes on wealthiest and their capital gains and dividends taxes. Raise corporate taxes. $80 billion in tax breaks mainly for poor workers and elderly, including tripling Earned Income Tax Credit for minimum-wage workers and higher credit for larger families. Eliminate tax-filing requirement for older workers making under $50,000. A mortgage-interest credit could be used by lower-income homeowners who do not take the mortgage-interest deduction because they do not itemize their taxes.
    TRADE
    McCain: Free trade advocate. Obama: Seek to reopen North American Free Trade Agreement to strengthen enforcement of labor and environmental standards. In 2004 Senate campaign, called for "enforcing existing trade agreements," not amending them.
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    Mind you,neither can do much at all without congress support.
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    True. So, it becomes an issue of which one is better at reaching across the aisle and working with the other party.

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    Repukes don't work with people, or if they do it's incredibly rare.

    For all their ballyhoo on bipartisanship, they're the first to stamp their feet.
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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    True. I mean, McCain has a history of working with Dems at times, but that was when he was the maverick Republican. But that maverick sold out to Bush for the last 8 years.

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    Anyone remember this??

    Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno.
    Sen. John McCain, speaking to a Republican dinner, June 1998.
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    I don''t know if she really fucked the board though. Maybe just put the tip in. -Mrs. Dark

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    U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 110th Congress - 2nd Session

    as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

    Vote Summary

    Question: On the Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to H. R. 6049 )
    Vote Number: 150 Vote Date: June 17, 2008, 02:28 PM
    Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Motion Rejected
    Measure Number: H.R. 6049 (Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act of 2008 )
    Measure Title: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes.
    Vote Counts: YEAs 52
    NAYs 44
    Not Voting 4
    Vote Summary By Senator Name By Vote Position By Home State


    Not Voting - 4
    Clinton (D-NY)
    Kennedy (D-MA)
    McCain (R-AZ)
    Obama (D-IL)

    Barack Obama - U.S. Senator for Illinois

    you can check this link to read the whole bill
    U.S. Senate: Legislation & Records Home > Votes > Roll Call Vote

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    I know you copied and pasted this..
    But, Uh do you know John McCain's name is down there as well?
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    U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 110th Congress - 2nd Session

    as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

    Vote Summary

    Question: On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Consideration of S. 3186 )
    Vote Number: 187 Vote Date: July 26, 2008, 11:30 AM
    Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Cloture Motion Rejected
    Measure Number: S. 3186 (Warm in Winter and Cool in Summer Act )
    Measure Title: A bill to provide funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
    Vote Counts: YEAs 50
    NAYs 35
    Not Voting 15
    Vote Summary By Senator Name By Vote Position By Home State
    Wyden (D-OR), Yea
    Vote Summary By Senator Name By Vote Position By Home State


    Not Voting - 15
    Allard (R-CO)
    Bond (R-MO)
    Bunning (R-KY)
    Burr (R-NC)
    Dole (R-NC)
    Graham (R-SC)
    Harkin (D-IA)
    Inhofe (R-OK)
    Inouye (D-HI)
    Isakson (R-GA)
    Kennedy (D-MA)
    McCain (R-AZ)*
    Murray (D-WA)
    Obama (D-IL)*
    Warner (R-VA)

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    Yes, i can't stand mccain and obama
    i wish romney had taken GOP spot


    U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 110th Congress - 2nd Session

    as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

    Vote Summary

    Question: On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 3268 )
    Vote Number: 183 Vote Date: July 22, 2008, 11:28 AM
    Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Cloture on the Motion to Proceed Agreed to
    Measure Number: S. 3268 (Stop Excessive Energy Speculation Act of 2008 )
    Measure Title: A bill to amend the Commodity Exchange Act, to prevent excessive price speculation with respect to energy commodities, and for other purposes.
    Vote Counts: YEAs 94
    NAYs 0
    Not Voting 6
    Vote Summary By Senator Name By Vote Position By Home State


    Not Voting - 6
    Alexander (R-TN)
    Hagel (R-NE)
    Kennedy (D-MA)
    McCain (R-AZ)*
    Obama (D-IL)*
    Reed (D-RI)


    i am showing both stands by both

    so, everyone knows they are both talking out their asses

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSDiva View Post
    Anyone remember this??

    Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno.
    Sen. John McCain, speaking to a Republican dinner, June 1998.
    I did not know this! A very nasty remark,but Chelsea has had the last laugh-she looked great last night!
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    their voting records are public record for anyone to read

    i noticed bills that can be used as political hot points for both sides -housing, AIDS and etc


    they are listing as "not voting" i see as being a coward and self serving

    i would have more respect for the two if they had shown up
    Yea or Nay shows they care about the issues


    they go and on about gas prices and they can't even show up to vote


    would-be voters would shocked by reading their voting records and seeing the near sameness of this last term

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    Romney?

    The guy who was pro gay, pro abortion and pro poor people till he needed to court the nutjob christians and within 1 month become the complete antithesis of all that?

    Are you joking?
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    grim, be very quiet

    i am a republican who supports gay marriage and pro-choice

    my christian nutjob relatives know it

    they supported romney over mccain

    romney won my bible-belt county in the first voting round

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    Romney is a two faced retard, like Giuliani. Anybody who can do a 180 to court crazy people is not someone who should be in any position of power. They will throw anybody under the bus.
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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